I'm wondering if any of you could recommend a good traffic provider for my Garmin 2360LMT in Montreal's area? I do have the free traffic service included with my GPS, but it only gets traffic flows in highways. Since I drive all day long through the city I'd be very interested in getting a good traffic provider including surface roads. Any suggestion?
The traffic providers for these devices are not very good in my opinion. You will be better served with XM traffic if it is covered in your area? you may also look at a app such as Inrix or trapster if you have a smartphone? Inrix traffic has been the best for me.
In my area, ClearChannel provides traffic info for 4-lane state roads with intersections as well as interstates. I do not know if it is the same in Montreal.
dobs108 - New York City area
I looked at the Navteq traffic map in your area and it appears only to cover the freeways. Here in Tucson Arizona it also covers all the main in town collector surface streets so it is fairly valuable.
well, I really want to my GPS to receive traffic flows, not my cell. Too bad Navteq doesn't provide a full coverage in my area since Google does!
I could use Google Maps on my cell but that's not as easy... and I need my cell for a lot of other things!
Do you know if there's a kind of official webpage where I can find all the traffic providers that are compatible with my device (2360LMT)?
BTW, are ClearChannel and TotalTraffic the same provider?
Last question: how should I proceed if I want to subscribe to one of these providers? Garmin website?
Yes. See: http://www.radiodrive.com/index.php/the-networks/total-traff...
BTWLast question: how should I proceed if I want to subscribe to one of these providers? Garmin website?
Yes. See: https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=268
Don't know if this helps you to make a decision, but I purchased the Total Traffic/Clear Channel option from Garmin to supplement the free Navteq subscription that came with the unit. They work together, with the unit (2595) seeking out the strongest channel to use for traffic data. The advantage is that it almost always has a channel available even in areas with sketchy coverage. I occasionally spot check the unit to see what subscription it is using and find that it's about evenly divided between the two. There are areas where Total Traffic has better coverage and vice-versa. I think they are also about equal as to the currency and accuracy of the traffic data they are providing.
What this all means is that with two subsciptions running I almost always have reception, however the accuracy is still dependent on the quality of data the two services provide. The data seems pretty accurate during peak rush hour times and when we have bad weather, less so during off hours travel and as you move out into the boonies.
2 options that I use:
1) My Garmin 3490 provides limited traffic on side roads
2) but a better option for me is the WAZE Iphone app.
It provides traffic on any road that another WAZE user is located. Great app.
This is really only useful depending on your major city in Canada. Hamilton, Toronto have major roads within the city but not for others.
Ex Milton, Ontario has nothing really except for the 400 series hwy's around it.
You only have two with Garmin devices, Navteq and Clear Channel (TTN).
Garmin does offer a Traffic subscription for HD Digiatl Traffic with the new Garmin GTM60 receiver, but it's not compatible with your 2360LMT.
Posters state it's more reliable than the standard Navteq and Clear Channel subscriptions older devices use.
The free Navteq Traffic that came with your unit is the same as the premium subscription Garmin sells for $49.99 (U.S.), but it has advertisements which are unacceptable to some owners.
The Clear Chanel Subscription is sold by Garmin for $60.00 (U.S.), this has no advertisements.
Looking at the Montreal area for coverage I see Clear Channel only has 1 radio station broadcasting traffic. I don't care for that since you are relying on 1 FM station to provide information. As unreliable as both Navteq and Clear channel are, I don't consider this a good investment.
Clear Channel Montreal Area
Clear Channel All Areas Covered - Here you can click on other areas in Canada to see what is covered and how many stations broadcasting.
Also keep in mind that the strongest signal will warn you of traffic in a particular area. So if you have the free Navteq and the paid Clear Channel, it's possible the Navteq will supply the information if the signal is stronger.
Hope this helps with your decision making.
I have used Inrix and Waze on my smartphone. Waze seems to collect data from users reporting traffic info and from speed data collected from the phone itself.
thank you for all your comments. In summary with my device the only options are NAVTeq and ClearChannel (TotalTraffic). NAVTeq doesn't provide traffic flow for surface roads, and ClearChannel... I don't know! Their map coverage isn't precise enough to tell what information they provide. And it may be useless to subscribe to ClearChannel if their signal is weaker than NAVTeq's...
So I guess I'd better wait for a NAVTeq traffic flows improvement. By chance in Montreal we now have a AM radio broadcasting real time traffic information, that's better than nothing!
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